Sean Kidney

Sean Kidney is the co-founder and CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an investor-focused NGO based in London working to mobilize debt capital markets to fund a rapid, global transition to a low-carbon and climate resilient economy.


Projects include a green bond definitions and certification scheme with $34 trillion of assets represented on its Board and some 200 organizations involved in its development and governance; developing green securitization as a response to aggregation challenges in emerging markets; working with the Chinese central bank on how to grow green bonds in China; a Green Infrastructure Investment Coalition; and market development programs in India, Brazil, Mexico and East Africa.


Sean has also been a consultant on green bonds to the United Nations Secretary General and was a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Expert Committee on Climate Finance. He was previously an award-winning marketing advisor to a number of the largest Australian pension funds and a social marketer and publisher.


A regular speaker on climate change and finance, Sean has over the past year spoken at conferences and seminars on six continents.


He is also a member of

  • Mercer’s Sustainability Opportunities Fund Advisory Panel.
  • The Canadian Corporate Knights Capital Advisory Council.
  • The Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport’s (SloCAT) Financing Framework.


Sean has four daughters and lives in London with his partner.